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Trevor Collett | Jul, 27 2015 | 10 Comments

Tesla’s first SUV, the Model X, is set to be officially launched in the US in the coming weeks.

After some ‘self-chosen’ delays to ensure the new EV is ready from Day One, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set to pull the covers off the highly-anticipated model soon.

Under those covers will be a car with similar design features to the Model X concept (pictured), including a seven-seat layout.

Tesla Australia’s Heath Walker told TMR that Tesla’s local arm was yet to determine if the seven-seat layout will be standard or optional, but the carmaker is now taking orders and deposits from potential local owners.

A fully-refundable $6000 deposit is required to secure a Model X, with deliveries expected to begin around this time next year.

Beyond the $6000, Mr Walker said pricing would be competitive against Tesla’s main rivals in the Model X’s large SUV class.

The likes of BMW’s X5 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class are in Tesla’s sights, with the latter priced between $87,000 and $190,000 in Australia.

Mr Walker said Tesla also expects Porsche Cayenne and Macan customers to cross-shop against the Model X when it arrives in Australia.

Meanwhile Tesla’s more-affordable future offering in the midsized Model 3 is still on track for a 2017 production debut, according to Walker, but is dependent on the Tesla Gigafactory.

The Gigafactory is designed to drive the cost of the EV batteries down as a mass-production facility in the US state of Nevada.

It’s the cheaper batteries that should see the Model 3 priced competitively against the likes of BMW’s 3 Series, with a rumoured starting price in the US of around US$35,000.

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